Keynote Speaker

Kev Carmody

QLD, Australia



Kev Carmody is an Indigenous singer-songwriter, musician and a Murri man from northern Queensland. Recording and releasing music since 1987, Carmody has over 30 years experience in the music industry and is best known for songs including 'From Little Things Big Things Grow', recorded with co-writer Paul Kelly, 'Black Red Rose' and 'Black Tears'. On 27 August 2009, Carmody was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Queensland Greats Awards. In 2019, Carmody was recipient of the JC Williamson Award at the Helpmann Awards. A new audience was alerted to Carmody through the 2007 album 'Cannot Buy My Soul', produced by Paul Kelly, with versions of his songs performed by artists including Bernard Fanning, Missy Higgins, Troy Cassar-Daley and Archie Roach, plus Carmody’s own performances. The album has been refreshed for a 2020 edition, produced by Sian Darling, with the original 32 tracks and six new versions of his songs.

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